It’s estimated that over five million people in England are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In Southampton, in 2017, there were 12,954 people with diabetes, of which approximately 90% have type 2*. The number of people with diabetes in the city rises every day.
What is type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is linked to lifestyle. It represents a real threat to health; if untreated it can lead to stroke, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and lower limb amputation. But type 2 diabetes can be prevented.
What can I do to help prevent type 2 diabates?
Even if you are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, it can still be prevented through losing weight, eating healthily and being more active.
Healthier You, the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, provides FREE tailored, personalised help to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes. The programme is helping people like you and shows real results. To join, speak to your GP. They will check you are eligible to take part and then they can refer you.
If you think you, or someone you know, is at risk of developing type 2 diabetes:
- go to https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start to get an estimate of your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes
- take up the offer of a free NHS Health Check which will assess your risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension
- ask your GP or practice nurse for a blood test to check blood sugar levels
- if you are invited to attend a Healthier You session, take up the offer.
Find out more about Healthier You at www.stopdiabetes.co.uk or ask a member of your GP practice team.
*According to data from the quality and outcomes framework (QOF) 2017, there were 12,954 people in Southampton with diabetes, of which approximately 90% have type 2.